In many legends, basilisk, a giant roster headed slithering snake can kill you with a stare, similar to Medusa. a monstrous creature that was cursed allowing it to turn people to stone with one glance. However, basilisk is much more dangerous, because this snake is not just any old snake, it has mouths full of poisonous venom that, also, has the power to kill. One look at the basilisk, and you won’t be able to escape the wings of death. It is known as “king” due to the crown on it’s head that is very similar to those of a king’s, and also its name is from the Greek word “ basileus. But, where did this creature come from? Who started this legend?
In Medieval Europe, the basilisk was said be from an egg of a cockatrice, A 2 legged rooster headed dragon, and a cockerel, or a rooster. However, either, a toad or a serpent incubated, or took care of, the egg, until it hatched. This animal was soo known to be “king of the snakes.” Many say that this creature is so cruel that whenever it cannot kill a creature, it turns to plants and herbs to kill. This creature is almost invincible, but everything has an end. Only a weasel is can bite it to death, however, the rooster’s cry, also, has the ability to kill it. This was the reason why some travelers would bring roosters to places that were rumored to be homes of the evil basilisk.
According to most back then, there weren’t only one basilisk, but many more. The basilisk had three types, with three different powers each:
- The Golden Eyed Basilisk: The Golden Eyed Basilisk would kill and poison everything it laid its eyes on.
- The Evil Eye Basilisk: The Evil Eye Basilisk had a golden head, and a third eye above his others. The third eye had the only most power, and killed and terrorized everything it saw.
- The Sanguineness Basilisk:The Sanguineness (pronounced san-gu-in-ni-ness)Basilisk had the ability to sting. When stung, the opponents flesh would fall right of the bone.
In the old legends, the basilisk was known to live in deserts. This was because the people believed that the basilisk had the power to even destroy a beautiful landscape into a sandy desert zone. However, many assume that the basilisk was really just an exaggerated version of the desert cobra. The desert cobra had similar characteristics, such as being able to spit out dangerous poisonous venom without taking a bite. In the olden days, cobras could have been killed by weasels, similar to the basilisk.
In European legends, there are many stories about the basilisk. The basilisk was rumored to kill three people in the olden town of Warsaw. Two were brothers and sister, and one was their mother. The two children were playing hide-and-seek with each other, in an old abandoned shed. They were exploring the shed before they started the game, when they both fell down dead to the ground. Their worried mother found them, after they didn’t come home for supper. She assumed the two children were asleep when she found them lying down, and tried to wake them up, when all of a sudden, she fell dead to the ground. The other villagers finally found the family, however their bodies were yellow, swollen, and all three were obviously dead. Most assumed this was the deadly doing of the basilisk.
There was another story about a sinner who was sentenced to death. However, he wore very strong glasses, mirrors everywhere, and a candle and pincers each in one hand. One day while he was searching the vault. After half an hour, he found a strange creature, the size of a chicken sitting on the crevasse of the wall. After this strange creature saw its own reflection, it immediately killed itself. The sinner used his pincers to bring this creature up to his candlelight, and it was easily identified as a basilisk.
The last story was about an Italian nobleman who was hunting alone with his dog. His dog was barking repeatedly nonstop at a pile of rocks. The nobleman couldn’t figure out why his dog wouldn’t stop barking, so he went over the the pile of rocks. With rapid speed, a winged snake flew up, and blew a puff full of poison. The poor nobleman got a mouthful of poison, and only lived long enough to tell his rescue crew what he saw.
In conclusion, the legendary basilisk is obviously just a legend. It could have been a cobra, or it might have been a hallucination. This basilisk, terrifying, gigantic, and deadly. The slithering snake with a giant rooster head that could kill you with one look, or stare. The creature that lives in legends, and legends alone. The creature that should never be seen won’t ever be seen, and will remain a beast, and a mystery to humankind forever.